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The Future of Health and Well-Being || Discuss the Future with Dr. Melvin Samsom

[Music] [Applause] [Music] welcome to another episode of discussed the future this time the focus is on health and well-being my name is David Herman and today I have the honor of speaking to Professor Melbourne Sansom the sector head for health well-being and biotech at neon welcome professor sampson

and thank you for joining me today well thank you David and the pleasure to meet you and so I have a few questions prepared and I really look forward to your new insights on these the the first one I think is on everybody's mind right now what will

or should countries do differently to prepare for any epidemics or pandemics after this current situation is over well I think that we all realize that this is a very special time and that most of us probably all of us experienced this for the first time I think a

couple of learnings are coming up right now one of them that I think is very important is that we have to monitor the spread of a virus very early on this as soon as it pops up we have to start monitoring the second one is to be able

to test at scale so to be able to very verbally scale up our testing potential and everything is really focused on protecting the vulnerable I think that these are three sinks that are top of my mind looking at the pandemic at the moment right now that's very interesting

in that that leads right into the the the next question I have you spoke of monitoring and and testing so how do you think technology will help in the future of physical healthcare well the things we have been talking about digital health for it and quite some years

now but but really accelerated this period is the fact that we're using much more remote monitoring and also getting into contact with the healthcare system virtually so I think that what will happen from from now onwards that your first contact should be virtual and then when needed you

get the physical contacts where you have to get work or whether that be a nurse or a doctor or another health care professional so that's one thing the other thing is when we now look at at testing at scale one of the things that are very interesting that's

popping up is is the drive through testing and you've probably seen that in some countries so you download your app you get an appointment using your app you drive through you get a swab test or a blood test and the next day or in a few hours you

get you get test result and these are really technological issues that can implement it almost directly and then one of the addition to this and that will be kicking in in the next couple of months is that people will have an app on their phone so when you

for instance go to a supermarket for your shopping and one of the the people that you meet in the supermarket appears to be infected by the virus you will get an alert the next day that this person was infected and please also test yourself to see whether you're

infected so these are new technologies that we're now implemented very rapidly and are extremely interesting yeah I think that I can really see the benefits of that and Harry how do you see this sort of technology being used after the current situation is over well I think that

a lot of these new technologies will remain in place I think that the experience that you're building up now at a fairly rapid pace will be will feel make many people feel more comfortable in using this and well you know of course there have been a lot of

discussion among healthcare workers and the hospital works whether that can really replace human contact which is obviously not the case of course but begin a lot we can do a lot remotely and using these technical apps and and other new things that we see popping up in order

to make it work much more efficiently okay yeah that's that's brilliant ins it's a great use of technology now what one of the ambitions of neon is to have the healthiest people on the planet unfasten ated by this how do you plan to do this well one of

the things that that we notice is that we've seen enormous developments in in the healthcare space if you now look to treatment of patients with cancer survival is is better than ever before if you look at the treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases a lot of new technologies

have been brought to the market and I really used in in the hospitals but at the same time we also realized that life expectancy has not increased over the last six years so something else is happening and that is really prompted by physical inactivity mental diseases drug abuse

chronic diseases so in our system to build a more healthy society boo we're focusing much more on keeping people healthy and once they get a disease of course they need high-end treatment and that needs to be personalized so the emphasis will be much more on health for instance

in in designing a city as a city as a gym to facilitate people to monitor their own health but with all kind of sensors that you have nowadays but also in the physical space to meet your health coaches or you nutritionists and in addition to that look at

your genetic background so all these things together will create a completely new ecosystem that will allow people to monitor their own health to an extent that has never been seen before and and that will create a completely new ecosystem for health and well-being and that's how we would

like to achieve the healthiest place on earth not only for the people that live in neon but also set an example for the rest of the world there would be a brilliant example of them and the healthiest people is a great ambition and so I'm against this takes

a lot of research and development as well um how does Niang plan to attract medical and well-being research to to the city so in our health and wellbeing ecosystem we have biotechnology as one of the important components of our system and the biotechnology will be a place in

a biotech park and will be connected to our general neon hospital and will be connected to our centers of excellence and we will be focusing on three areas we will be focusing on longevity extending life expectancy keep people healthy as long as possible we will focus on diabetes

and metabolic diseases we know that the increase in diabetes is enormous at the moment if you look at obesity in in the Maynard region it now hits 40% and diabetes 20% so that's the second area where we will use biotechnology in the healthcare space and the third one

is for for musculoskeletal disorders so disorders that we see quite often with a very high disease burden and high cost and amazing new tools take for instance artificial limbs or exoskeletons so these are three areas where we would really complement our healthcare offering from the newest technologies that

we will develop and not only in neo but also connect to satellites in the world to get the best new technologies to meal that really sounds amazing so if you were to summarize in a in a short statement what neon will do differently in terms of me and

healthcare provision what would be your main humane arguments there but what we try to build in Neil is a a fully comprehensive integrated system that will focus on proactive personalized prevention and that whole ecosystem will be very different from all the healthcare systems that we have currently in

the world and will really set us apart okay so you're really trying to build an entire system rather than building little pieces of business this is this is fascinating and I'd love to learn more about this and I hope we can continue this conversation sometime in the future

professor Samson thank you very much for your time I really enjoyed speaking to you it was my pleasure thank you [Music]

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